Established in 1998, the Museum of the American West (MAW) is a unique not-for-profit outdoor/indoor museum complex that educates the public by presenting and advancing the unmatched natural and cultural history of the Wind River and Sweetwater valleys and the South Pass region of the Rocky Mountains. Strategically located on 8.61 acres adjoining US Hwy 287 at 1445 Main in Lander, Wyoming, adjacent to Lander schools and the central commercial district, the MAW enjoys a natural setting along a sparkling stream with the magnificent Wind River Range in the background. In this setting, visitors are provided an engaging experience as the museum unfolds the vivid and unforgettable cultural history of Pioneers and Native Americans on the western frontier.
The Museum of the American West commits its resources and energies to promote, establish and maintain a museum complex dedicated to preserve and perpetuate the natural and cultural history of the South Pass, Sweetwater and Wind River valley areas. With the help of collaborative partners the museum aims to offer sustainable services including exhibits, events, lease/rental services, and educational programming and opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages, thereby creating a visitor destination that provides a positive, quality cultural heritage experience. In collaborative partnership with the Fremont County Pioneer Association (FCPA) and the Arapahoe and Shoshone tribes of the Wind River Reservation, the Museum of the American West offers resources and services to the public schools and local and regional museums as an integral part of their mission.